NOTE: Demo has been released! (link below) So far we’ve got 25 000 words of script, 3 hand-drawn backgrounds, 9 tracks of custom music, sprite sets for 3 characters, one dungeon, and most of the basic gameplay mechanics in place. We’re going to try and double those specs for the full version, so stay tuned until 6.6.17!
Please give us honest critique on this! We’re at a point where you can still have a huge influence on how the final version will look, so do give us feedback on anything you’d like to see improved.
Simulacrum Duorum Graduis ~ Dragonfire is a hybrid dating sim / pseudo-rpg set twenty minutes into the future. A large part of the game involves balancing your relationships and daily life with success in the popular VR MMO, Dragonfire Online.
It's 2024, and gaming has been revolutionized by the new high-quality VR gear. You play as a gamer who has recently gotten addicted to Dragonfire Online, captivated by a mysterious new player who joined your group a few weeks back. Only problem is, you already have a girlfriend, and she isn't too happy about getting ignored! All is not as it seems, however, and as the world you knew starts crumbling around you, there's only one question demanding an answer: what will be your choice?
Nick is a hardcore gamer obsessed with virtual reality and the next-gen MMOs utilizing it. He seeks immersion at any cost, up to and including shady mail-order VR drugs. Recently, he’s been neglecting his relationship with Catherine.
Catherine is an MBA student whose relationship with Nick is nearing its breaking point as the pressure of writing her thesis and Nick’s growing negligence combine explosively.
Nick’s old tank had already reached the level cap by the time he stopped playing a year or two ago. Upon his return he discovered that the cap had been raised, so it’s time to hit the dungeons!
Silvia is a mysterious new player who joined Nick’s party a while back. Not only is she high-level and an apparent roleplayer, Nick suspects her of being a beta tester for the original version of Dragonfire Online.
Priestess of Phopassus, the Light of Mercy
Aerith is the de facto healer of Nick’s party. She joined him shortly after he started playing, and seems to have a bit of a thing for him. Regrettably, she appears to be worse at the game than her level would indicate.
One of the most popular VR MMOs in recent memory, Dragonfire Online presents its players with an unique fantasy setting of knights and dragons, cats and demons - at least according to its website:
Participate in raids with your party! The Ruins of Kvaagwyr, the Tower of Sin, and dozens of other intriguing dungeons await!
Play as any of the three races: humans, catfolk and demopyres!
Donkey-rhinos, firebreathing ostriches, and dozens of other fascinating enemies!
An honorable knight wearing a chicken suit, and other unique players for you to befriend!
Our team, Klein Hyperbolic, currently comprises eight members. A writer/programmer, sprite/BG artist, sprite artist, UI/logo artist, dungeon master, background assistant, "sound guy" and a musician. Most of us are not yet very experienced, however.
What scene, boss monster or type of dungeon do you absolutely want to see in the game?
Did we manage to pique your interest?
Does the project sound too big for NanoReNo (we’re going to do it anyway)?
Link to demo: https://qazhax.itch.io/simulacrum
WARNING: This game deals with mature subject matter and may not be suitable for especially sensitive players. The game contains swearing, violence, horror, explicit drug use, mild sexual innuendo and bad humor, and is rated M for “don’t let your Mother see it”.
Still, if you’ve ever watched / played Higurashi or Persona 4, you should be in the clear.